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DiSalvo honored at Flag Day ceremony

MARTY WEAVER/Sun-Gazette Members of a local scout troop retire an old flag in the traditional manner: folding it and burning it on a small fire.

The late Tony DiSalvo was fondly remembered by those taking part in the annual Flag Day ceremony Monday at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“Tony was not only a Boy Scout but a tireless champion of the United States of America and its members,” Williamsport attorney and Boy Scout leader Bill Carlucci told the gathering.

With the Repasz Brass Band playing patriotic music and Boy Scouts from local troops and others waving flags on a breezy June evening, the event was held after a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

Lycoming County Commissioner Scott Metzger reminded everyone to recognize all military veterans.

“This is not just a day sandwiched between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July,” he said. “It’s a very special day.”

Metzger recalled DiSalvo as a man with a heart of gold who is dearly missed by the community.

He said it is only fitting that the Flag Day celebration be named in honor of the man who started the Flag Day marches in Williamsport.

Commissioner Rick Mirabito gave a brief history lesson of Flag Day.

He noted that the American Flag was commissioned on June 14, 1777.

But it was not until 1916 that Flag Day was officially proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson.

Over time, Mirabito said, the flag has changed from its original 13 stars representing the colonies to 50 today.

“While the flag has changed over time, beliefs have remained the same,” he said. “The greatest honor to Tony DiSalvo is showing up today. He wanted people to hear that message and pass it along.”

Bob Weaver, chair of the Anthony DiSalvo Flag March Committee, was honored with a special award for his service to the organization.

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